March’s Apogee Moon

march-apogee-moon   Our Moon orbits around the Sun with the Earth and from our perspective on the Earth the Moon appears to circle Earth each month. The Moon also has a slightly elliptical-shaped orbit allowing for the Moon to have a furthest (apogee) and closest (perigee) distance from the Earth each month.

Click on graphic to see it enlarged.

Click on graphic to see it enlarged.

   This month the 10.43 days old waxing gibbous Moon reaches apogee on 11 March 3 pm CDT – 20 UT) and will more or less be at a distance of 31.78 Earth diameters (404, 966 km or 251,634 miles).

   
   
   
Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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